This past summer, my husband and I set personal running goals for ourselves which included me training for the Chicago Half Marathon in September and him training for the Chicago Marathon in October. As part of our training programs, we have had to adapt our evening routines to accommodate longer runs which then translate into later dinners. In order to maintain our energy levels in the evenings before our workouts, I started making a variety of energy bites and muffins to have as post-work / pre-workout energy boosters. I was thrilled to find these Pumpkin Energy Bites to add into the rotation that tailor to our beautiful, brisk fall runs around Chicago.
We set our respective goals in order to stay in shape, however more importantly, we saw our joint goals as a way to pursue an additional hobby to maintain a work, life and health balance and have a new way to enjoy the city and spend time together. I can gladly say that I successfully completed the Chicago Half Marathon in my goal time. My husband is on schedule to complete his marathon in less than two weeks!
With his marathon around the corner, I am trying to keep the cabinet and refrigerator stocked with high protein, carbohydrate and energy filled snacks. With these Pumpkin Energy Bites, they are delicious too!
Please note that while we use these as an exercise related snack, they are delicious on their own as a mid-day treat!
Pumpkin Energy Bites
- 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
- 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), crushed
- Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or small cookie scoop to shape the mixture into your desired size of energy bites. Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool and then cut into bars.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.